Keep Ontario’s schools safe and open for in-person learning

Keep Ontario’s schools safe and open for in-person learning

By MPP  Toby Barrett

Most Ontario elementary and secondary school students are back in class.

Students in Haldimand Norfolk returned to school February 8 based on input from the local Medical Officer of Health and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. Thankfully, for the majority of secondary students, the return of in-person learning aligned with the start of their new term – quadmester or octomester. This was decided to avoid mixing student cohorts.

My office received countless emails and phone calls from parents, teachers, and other community members who were very concerned with online learning. Although we all learned a great deal from online learning last spring, the consensus is that children of all ages learn better in the classroom and it is best for their mental health, development, and future success.  

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